There are a group of men—more than you'd think but not as many as they'd like you to believe—who think that feminists are ruining everything, that women need to be put back in our place, and even that rape should be legal. If you've ever read anything about the "red pill movement" or the site Return of Kings (not linking, not sorry), then you already know exactly what we're talking about. If this is the first you've heard of "men's rights activists," consider yourself lucky. And we don't recommend Googling it because it will make you lose your faith in humanity or want to bleach your brain. Or both.
Roosh V. (real name: Daryush Valizadeh) is one of the leaders of this movement, and he recently got a taste of his own medicine in the most satisfying way possible. When he planned a men-only meeting—tastefully described as a "pro-rape meet-up" by New York magazine—a ladies boxing club named the Toronto Newsgirls decided to show up too. And when Valizadeh promised to take pictures of the "feminazis" for the purpose of posting them on the internet for his followers to bash, the ladies responded that they'd make sure to wear their cutest boxing gloves. (See: 11 Reasons We Love Boxing.)
"The photos of us will show women that being powerful is an option," said Newsgirls founder Savoy Howe. "And I think that's what needs to happen against this douchebag."
Can we get a major 'Amen!'?
Mayors of four of Canada's largest cities took to Twitter to support the Newsgirls, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson summed up the general feeling by tweeting, "@ReturnofKings Your pro-rape, misogynistic, homophobic garbage is not welcome in Ottawa #its2016 #TurnAwayReturnOfKings."
Valizadeh wisely decided to cancel the meeting—not because he suddenly realized the error of his ways, but because he could "no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend."
Oh, they're worried their bodies or space might be violated against their will? And that doesn't sound fun? Imagine that.
But enough about that ilk. Let's all celebrate our new favorite heroes: The Toronto Newsgirls! Their club motto: "Think outside the ring: Wanna fight? Bring it on!" takes on a whole new meaning. Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to go get our fighting gloves on. (Meet Women That Prove Being Strong Is Dead Sexy.)